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The name Graham Potter is probably an unfamiliar one to you.

As a player he featured most regularly for York City in the early years of the 21st century and is the proud owner of a solitary cap for England Under-21s.

Spells with Birmingham, Stoke, Southampton and West Brom represent a respectable yet unremarkable career.

These days, he’s the best English manager in the world.

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In the winter of 2010, Potter moved to the north of Sweden and hung his framed Master’s degree in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence on the walls of the manager’s office at Ostersunds football club.

The club were only founded in 1997 and played their football in Swedish football’s fourth tier at the time.

Now, he’s led his Osterunds side to the last 32 of the Europa League.

What’s more, he is the only English manager left in any European competition this season.

Potter, whose only managerial experience before taking charge at Ostersunds had been as assistant to the England Universities squad, masterminded unexpected victories against Galatasaray and PAOK in qualifying with performances that can only be described as tactical masterclasses and exhibitions in effective motivation.

Ostersunds had only entered Europa League qualifying by virtue of a Swedish Cup victory and all accumulator enthusiasts would have had their hearts and wallets broken by the…



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